Norwich To Bid £3.5M for Shola Ameobi

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder will be given the money for Shola Ameobi, the player he once managed at Newcastle United.


Shola Ameobi – will he rejoin Glenn Roeder at Norwich?

It is being reported that life-long Norwich City fan Peter Cullum, who just happens to also be a billionaire, has revealed he is keen to pump money into the club, up to the tune of around £20M.

And it appears that Norwich will be launching a club record £3.5M offer for Newcastle striker Ameobi, who played so well for Glenn when he was managing Newcastle United.

Cullum, who is from Norwich, founded the Towergate Partnership in 1997 and the group is now valued at £3B.

He has previously ruled out the possibility of investing in the Canaries, until he recently told the Independent “never say never” when asked about football funding.

Callum would like to launch a buy-out of major shareholder Delia Smith, but insists he would still want the celebrity chef to remain the Canaries’ figurehead at the club.

The 57-year-old insurance magnate is the 40th wealthiest man in Britain and said:

“This is about passion and love for the club but I’m not prepared to put that sort of money into the club without having control.”

“I don’t want to be the front person for the club, that’s Delia. I don’t want fame and publicity.”

“If there’s to be some sort of deal I’d like it to be on friendly terms.”

Sounds like a real fan to us.

Cullum apparently made an initial contact with the club last year, and says the offer he made then still stands.

Certainly the £3.5M offer, if it’s true, would be acceptable to Newcastle, and we’re sure Shola would jump at the chance to join Glenn Roeder and Lee Clark, our former player and Reserve team coach, at the East Anglia club.

One thing Roeder was able to get from Shola was goals, and Ameobi scored one goal for every two appearances while he was playing for Roeder.

The only sticky pooint could be Ameobi’s wages, which we think has caused this saga to drag on longer than Newcastle United would have liked.

But we think if the deal can be made, Shola would do very well indeed at Norwich, and could help them out next season with some goals.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Eye, thats a sticky ‘pooint’ Ed! 🙂

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Jul 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    “Ameobi scored one goal for every two appearances while he was playing for Roeder.”
    Shame he couldn’t manage more than four games…

  • figsdad

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    wish he would just go..

    he sort of dragging his heels into newcastle thinking he’s going to get into the 1st team..

    time to move on shola your not good enough…

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Seriously tho, i hope Ameobi gets gets regular first team football. He done a decent job for us under Robson, but he is just not good enough for the PL.

    He is Championship quality at best

  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Not holding my breath. We’ve been at this point four or five times since the end of the season.

    If he could have found a bit of form under Keegan I’d have been sad to see him go. I’m afraid he’s just spent too long doing nothing for my liking. He obviously hasn’t proven his worth on the training ground either.

    Shame, but I think he really does need to get into another club and start banging goals in again. He was good at it once.

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    I think this is the reason Shola has been dragging his feet.

    He must really want to go to Norwich and you can see why with Roeder there, who has had so much faith in the lad and Clarky to boot.

  • Obafan

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve just seen the attack of Barton in Liverpool. I hope he never wears black n white again. He is a disgrace to have at our club.

    I’ve also read the comments of a few Man City players after the attack on Dabo. It must have been shocking to see what happenned.


  • ronaldeano

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    @Obafan, where did you see that?

  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Going off topic a bit, and I’m sure Ed will run an article about it after the verdict, but would anybody else be a bit gutted to see Barton walk away with a suspended sentance for his violent conduct.

    It would sicken me to think that a man could find himself in court on two separate occasions in the space of two months (plus another one that he’s already got away with!) for such violent behaviour, and he could get little more than a slap on the wrist second time around. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ll be glad if he gets another 18 months at least.

    I saw the CCTV footage of the Liverpool incident this morning. I really don’t want the grubby little yob turning up at our training ground ever again. He’s an atrocious thug.

  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry Obafan, we were obviously typing our comments at the same time. Glad you agree though.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Well the day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, last month was all about departures so who’s going to be the first arrival?!.

    I’m here waiting patiently to see all our new signing with autograph book in hand, hope I’m not left waiting too long.

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Is there a link for that footage?

  • Leo

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    this guy callum seems the total opposite to mike ashley. well i suppose that stems from being a life long canaries fan.

    maybe ash will splash the cash soonish

    i had a genious thought today, with all the rumours linking us with tottenham players, im thinking we are doing this to ensure that they think they have deals sorted for aload of their players- so they can then heavily invest on players…

    we then dont make the deal leaving them funked, mike ashley is quite prone to the dodgy deal isnt he……

  • Luke

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Well chaps it’s July 1st.

    Prepare to be disappointed with a lack of signings some of you expected.

  • ronaldeano

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    @Spyro, cheers

  • Spyro

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    to all the non users, bookmark this website

  • Obafan

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Davies – No problem m8 😉 . I hope the board and KK see this footage and that they take the correct decision; Bye Bye Joey!

    I also hope that no other club wants this guy; he has had so many chances to have a fantastic life as professional football player. Lots of young boys (and girls) have the dream to become a pro, but most of them will never reach it because to different reasons.

    Barton had the chance to have a fantastic career but has spoiled it. He doesn’t deserve anbother chance.

  • Gordo

    Jul 1, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I am afriad that this is a load of bollards, there is no more money than what we had beore this Business man came out public. He wants total control of the club for a mere 20million. Hementions nothing of buying the shares to become majority shareholder, he mentions nothing of the clubs debt or the loans that need paying back.
    As far as I am concerned he is on cuckooland, the club have now come back with the total figure of 56 mill which includes the 20mill for players. he is of course stick his toe in the water while trying to win over the fans b promising Fans on the Board of the club.

    so as for an increased bid for goal-less wonder no thanks

  • Spyro

    Jul 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    just go away shola, anything upwards of 2million and i will be happy


    Jul 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21


  • Pete

    Jul 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    He won’t go, he thinks he’s still Premiership material. That said, Norwich must be completely bonkers. Picture the boardroom meeting… What can we spend 3.5 mill hard earned quid on today? A striker that doesn’t score goals and hasn’t played regular football in years? Sounds perfect, let’s go for it!

  • shearer 4 pm

    Jul 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    ^^^^haha sounds like the newcastle boardroom under shepard

    “errr yeh luque looks gud, and that boumsong’s looking gud, lets bid like loads of money and hope for the best:)”

  • michael

    Jul 1, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Wish he would go not good enough for the premier . i would take 3.5mil from norwich for him , i wouldnt pay more than 1mil 4 him he will be a good player in the championship. He should just go to norwich instead of waiting around for a premier team to come in 4 him coz that is not gunna happen.

  • James!!!

    Jul 1, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #25

    ameobi isnt that bad a player, i dnt get how many ppl hate him, last season owen scored 2 against sunderland and became a hero, and only 2 seasons before tht ameobi scored 2 nd is still hated. however i wud take 3.5mil for him as i dnt think that anyone will pay enemore due to his constant injuries and lack of scoring. also after seeing the footage from tht link above of barton i hope the dirty scouse bully does get sacked, i thought he deserved a second chance until i seen tht.

  • Potski

    Jul 2, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #26

    I hope Shola will realise that for all of his endeavour, he would be better off playing regular football and if he’s honest, that’s not going to happen for him at Newcastle.
    I’ve never been a fan of his as a player but as a person I wish him good luck wherever he ends up!
    The trouble we’re facing in terms of selling players on (where their wages at NUFC are far higher than they’re worth anywhere else) illustrates what poor value for money the fans at SJP are getting and is certainly a factor in our underachievement in recent seasons.
    This fully justifies Mike Ashley’s approach to slashing the wage bill and also dedicating Dennis Wise to the recruitment of potential young stars.
    The difficulty arises that this is a long-term strategy and without massive spending (which seems unlikely) the club will struggle to comlpete for an elusive top half finish in the Premier League.


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